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Positive Affirmations for You to Use the Week of January 23rd-29th

Happy Sunday!

I hope that you had a good week, and made some time this weekend for self-care, because you deserve it.

This week was… rough. Personally.

I had my intake assessment for PHP on Tuesday, and then didn’t hear back from them until I called on Friday, just to discover my insurance had refused to cover it because “it wasn’t an emergency” and I’m out of state.

Luckily we called up my insurance and explained the situation (okay… my mom did it because I was a wreck) and they agreed to cover treatment. My first day is tomorrow. Send all the positive vibes.

My mental health hasn’t been good. I spent yesterday and the day before in bed. My depression is becoming heavier and heavier, and I’m really glad to be starting treatment soon.

It feels like I’m drowning, and I’m ready to get a floatation device.

Some things that have been helping me are cuddling my mom’s new dog, Sasha, reading rom-coms, watching Monk with my mom, keeping an attainable morning routine, and walking Sasha around the neighborhood. But honestly, there are days (*cough* yesterday *cough*) when doing any of those just aren’t possible.

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And on those days, I hold on to self-compassion, and remember that I haven’t even started treatment yet. I’m sick right now, and I can’t expect myself to thrive every day.

I hope these affirmations help the way you speak to yourself, the way they help me speak to myself. I always put them in the order that I’ll be using them the upcoming week (1 is Sunday, 2 is Monday, 3 is Tuesday, etc.) but please use them in whatever order/way is best for you. Take what you need, and leave the rest.

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I hope you enjoy the last bit of the weekend, or if you don’t have weekends off (shout out to my fellow service workers!), I hope you prioritize finding time for self-care every day.

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You are loved and worthy!

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  1. My health is more important than beauty standards
  2. I am loved and appreciated by the people in my life.
  3. I am proud of all my hard work.
  4. I am stronger than I know.
  5. I am more than just my body.
  6. I have come so far
  7. I deserve help, support, and to have my needs met.
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Positive Affirmations for the Week of January 16th – 22nd

Happy Sunday, friends (and acquaintances and strangers)!

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I know it’s kinda funny/ironic that I missed the second week of 2022 after saying two weeks ago that it was one of my big goals for the year was to focus more on writing and my blog. But I promise, I had reason.

My mental health has really been suffering, and I was supposed to fly back to Florida after visiting my mom (and catching COVID… yikes!) or the Holidays, but my mom, therapist, and I noticed some signs that my mental health was at a place that (historically speaking for myself, of course) needs extra help to improve. So, I decided (with support from my therapist, family, and friends) to stay with my mom and self admit into PHP (Partial Hospitalization Program) at a local hospital.

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I’ve done various PHPs over the years, and have always had a good experience and noticed great improvement after treatment PHP is a great option for those who are struggling with their mental health and need more than whatever their current treatment is, but don’t need inpatient treatment. It’s proactive, and is pretty much almost 40 hours a week. I’ll be going for 5-8 hours 5 days a week to begin with and have my intake assessment on Tuesday (send good vibes!). After I’ve been in the program for a few weeks, I’ll step down to IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program), which is around a couple hours a few days a week.

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Since one of the major themes of this blog (and my life, haha) is mental health and wellness, I want to be honest about where I’m at right now. Everyone is telling me that they’re proud of me for asking for help and seeking treatment, but I have to be honest. There’s a part of me that feels ashamed and disappointed. Like, I’ve struggled with mental illness for over sixteen years, and have been treated for it for almost as long. Logically, I know that healing isn’t linear. That there will be ebbs in flows with my mental illness symptoms and management. And that needing extra help at times doesn’t define me or my journey.

I hope that you know that this applies to you, too. So if things are tough for you right now, I get it. You deserve support and to feel better.

But. I’m still trying to do my daily affirmations, because while they won’t cure my depression or anxiety or BPD, they do help the way I think about and speak to myself, which has a big impact on my mental health. That’s why I share my affirmations (almost) weekly, because I think that they’re an invaluable resource for mental wellness.

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When I share them, I put them in the order that I (personally) will be using them, (the first is for Sunday, the second for Monday, the third for Tuesday, etc.) but I encourage you to use them in whatever order or way works best for you. Mix up the order, don’t use the ones that don’t serve you, pick ones from other weeks, practice multiple a day, etc. I am simply sharing my practice to encourage you to speak kindly to yourself, too.

Have a great week, and I’ll see you next time! You are always, always good enough.

  • I am here to accomplish amazing things, and I share my gifts with the world.
  • I take things one day at a time.
  • My voice matters.
  • I trust the process.
  • I accept myself completely.
  • All of my feelings are valid.
  • I am not ashamed of my nourishment or hunger.
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Positive Affirmations for the Week of January 2nd – 8th.

Happy 2022, Friends!

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We’ve made it through another year, and if you’re anything like me, 2021 was quite the doozy. You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t posted in a hot minute. My mental health hasn’t been great, and when I’m in that spot, it feels inauthentic to me to post on Instagram and my blog, especially posting affirmations that I’m struggling to practice or encouraging others to take care of their mental health when I’m struggling in this way.

But I had a really good conversation with my therapist, where she brought up the idea that maybe that’s when I most need to be working on my passions, working on the things I love, when I don’t believe it. And that maybe because I’m saying it in writing, it makes me believe it more.

I also lost focus of why I may some decisions, and what I want to do. I forgot that I took a job because I thought that it would allow me to focus more on myself and my mental health, and instead burnt myself out and had no energy for photoshoots, or blogging, or anything else that brought me joy. Instead of my job being a way to support myself and my life and my passions, work was my first, and honestly only priority.

My purpose and goals all revolved around work, and it became incredibly draining and saddening.

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So, I decided that with the beginning of the new year, I’m gonna focus on my blog and social media and writing again. It really is the thing that I want to do with my life, and I want to focus my energy on that.

So, without further ado, here are the first weekly affirmations of 2022! I’m so hopeful for this New Year, and I hope you are too.

  1. My voice is worthy of being heard.
  2. I am grateful for the lessons I have learned throughout my life.
  3. My worth is not defined by my productivity.
  4. I don’t have to love my body to have respect for it.
  5. I choose to have a happy and fulfilling life.
  6. I have faith in the person I am becoming.
  7. I approach obstacles fearlessly.
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Positive Affirmations for You to Use the Week of November 7th – 13th

Hi friends!

I hope you’ve had a good couple of weeks. The last month has been kind of rough for me, and I took a break from Instagram and blogging. Unfortunately, just over two weeks ago, we had to say goodbye to our beloved family pooch, Thecla. Thecla had been part of the family since I was sixteen, and I’m so grateful to have gotten to emerge into adulthood with my sweet girl. She was so loved and is dearly missed.

The time leading up to and following her passing was extremely difficult, as we knew that she was passing, but we didn’t know when exactly, so my anxiety was on high alert for a few weeks. I also of course was grieving Thecla’s loss following her death, and because of that, I was very overwhelmed and in survival mode. But, I’m starting to see the light and it’s getting a little easier to be alive again.

With that being said, I’m back to blogging and sharing weekly affirmations! Starting today! Yay!

*Most* Sundays, I share the affirmations on here (and on Instagram!) that I will be using for the upcoming work. I share them in the order that I will be using them (1 is Sunday, 2 is Monday, 3 is Tuesday, etc.) and then share them daily on my Instagram story. Of course, I hope that you will use them in whatever way works best for you, whatever that means to you!

I hope you make sure to take some time to rest and take care of yourself today, and I’ll see you next week!

You are worthy of your love and kindness!

  1. I trust in myself.
  2. My well-being is always a priority.
  3. I am going to be okay.
  4. I am growing.
  5. Not everyone will like me, and that’s okay.
  6. I always prioritize self-care.
  7. My worth is not dependent on the appearance or size of my body.
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Positive Affirmations for You to Use the Week of October 3rd – 9th

Hi friends!

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Happy October! Since I grew up in New England, this is one of my absolute favorite times of year. The changing leaves, flavors, activities, and movies are just a few reasons why! Now that I live in Florida… I don’t get to see the leaves as often (though I will be making a trip north in two weeks and will be able to take in allllll the fall foliage, which I am thrilled about.) and the activities and food just aren’t the same when the weather is warm.

Although I love this time of year, historically, this is also when my mental health starts to go downhill. With the changing weather, and shorter days, and less sun, and pressure of the holidays and having a “good fall” and “good winter”, and wanting to do more indoor activities (crocheting and reading were made for autumn days with candles!), it is easy for my mental health to decline.

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I’ve accepted that entering another depressive episode soon is a real possibility, but I’m also doing everything I can to stay mentally healthy. Obviously using my skills helps, but it doesn’t guarantee that I won’t have another depressive episode.

One of the things I do every single day for my mental health is practice positive affirmations, and at the beginning of every week, I share what affirmations I’ll be using with you!

I always share them in the order that I’ll be using them (1 is Sunday, 2 is Monday, 3 is Tuesday, etc.) but I encourage you to use them in whatever order or way best serves your needs.

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I hope you all have a great week, and remember to show yourself kindness.

  1. I am proud of all my hard work.
  2. I am not ashamed of my nourishment or hunger.
  3. I treat my body with kindness and gentleness.
  4. I am stronger than my bad days.
  5. I am open to change.
  6. Every day, in every way, I am growing.
  7. I give myself the compassion I give to others.
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4 stars · Book Reviews · mental health · non-fiction · Self Care

Review | The Gratitude Explorer Workbook

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The Gratitude Explorer Workbook by Kristi Nelson
Storey Publishing, LLC 2021
Non-Fiction
4/5 Stars

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Thank you to Netgalley and Storey Publishing for the Advanced Copy! The Gratitude Explorer Workbook will be released on November 23rd, 2021.

GoodReads Synopsis:

A Network for Grateful Living, creators of the best-selling Everyday Gratitude and Wake Up Grateful present a distinctive workbook for readers who want to start a gratitude practice or integrate gratitude into their lives with greater intention and consistency. This interactive package acts as both a guide and a journal for recording thoughts and meditations. Dozens of writing prompts, guided meditations, and exercises for beginning and progressively deepening a daily gratitude practice are paired with quotations and space for writing and personalizing the book. The beautifully designed gift package includes bonus features in the back: 10 quotation postcards, mini-cards for keeping in a wallet or leaving for others, conversation starters, gold star stickers and reusable affirmation stickers, as well as die-cut bookmarks for each section of the book.

Review:

I really enjoyed this book. It’s a fantastic introduction to gratitude practice and I loved the exercises, quotes, and art that was included.

Every time I’ve been in the hospital, or intensive therapy, expressing our gratitude has played a part in our treatment. Of course there’s therapy and medication management as well, but patients were encouraged to either say or write what we are grateful for. And when you’re in a place mentally where hospitalization or intensive therapy is necessary, finding and expressing is both extremely difficult (sometimes it feels impossible!), but also vital for healing.

I also try to practice gratitude every day. Part of my morning routine is writing three things that I’m grateful, and I try to do it again before going to bed.

This book definitely supplemented my existing practice, and helped me think outside the box in terms of all that I have to be grateful for!

Perfect for anyone who wants to begin a gratitude practice, but doesn’t know where to start.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

5 Stars · Book Reviews · non-fiction

Review | We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation

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We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation by Eric Michael Garcia
Mariner Books, 2021
Non-Fiction
288 pages
5/5 Stars

Thank you to Netgalley and Mariner Books for the Advanced Copy! We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation was released in August, 2021.

Trigger Warnings: Ableism, Autism Parenting, Mentions of Autism Speaks and other similar charities looking to “cure” autism.

GoodReads Synopsis:

Autistic person and journalist Eric Garcia brings an insider’s perspective and a reporter’s eye to show that autism is a vital part of his community’s humanity, not a disease that needs to be cured. 

Review:

When I first saw that this book was available on NetGalley, I immediately requested it. As someone who is also Neurodivergent (and follows a lot of Autistic content creators across several platforms), I have been very interested in the conversation surround Autism and Autistic people.

I am so grateful that I received the ARC, because this book was fantastic. It was educational, informative, and also gave me a lot to think about in regards to my own neurodivergency and internalized ableism.

The big takeaway I got from this book is that their is a lack of resources for Autistic people, and that lack of resources is harming not only Autistic people, but everyone. Autistic people need support just like everyone else, and the lack of that is hurting Autistic people, creating a stigma against Autism, creating stereotypes about Autistic people, and denying society of the gifts and talents that each Autistic person has to give the world.

Perfect for people who know (or don’t know and are just finding out!) that you don’t support Autism Speaks, and get weird vibes from the stereotypical “Autism Mom”.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Positive Affirmations for You to Use the Week of September 26th – October 2nd

Hi friends!

I hope you had a fantastic week! I actually did, and now Mercury is about to be in retrograde so we’ll see how that goes.

Hopefully, this week’s affirmations will help you navigate Mercury in Retrograde, and whatever else the world has to throw at you!

Every Sunday, I share the affirmations that I will be using that upcoming week. I share them in the order that I will be using them (1 is Sunday, 2 is Monday, 3 is Tuesday, etc.), but I hope that you will use them however works best for you.

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Make sure you set some time aside to show yourself love today, and remember that you are more than enough, right now, as you are.

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Have a great week and I’ll see you next Sunday!

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  1. I do not compare my journey to anyone else’s.
  2. I will be mindful and enjoy the little things today.
  3. I am capable of creating my very best life.
  4. I choose to let go of the things I cannot control today.
  5. I am worth taking good care of.
  6. I deserve to have people in my life who value and love me for who I truly am.
  7. I love and trust my body.
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5 Stars · Book Reviews · romance

Review | Heartbreak for Hire

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Heartbreak for Hire by Sonia Hartl
Gallery Books, 2021
Romance
320 pages
5/5 Stars

Trigger Warnings: Misogyny/sexism, emotional and verbal abuse, toxic relationship with parent.

GoodReads Synopsis:

Brinkley Saunders has a secret.

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To everyone in the academic world she left behind, she lost it all when she dropped out of grad school. Once a rising star following in her mother’s footsteps, she’s now an administrative assistant at an insurance agency—or so they think.

In reality, Brinkley works at Heartbreak for Hire, a secret service that specializes in revenge for jilted lovers, frenemies, and long-suffering coworkers with a little cash to spare and a man who needs to be taken down a notch. It might not be as prestigious as academia, but it helps Brinkley save for her dream of opening an art gallery and lets her exorcise a few demons, all while helping to empower women.

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But when her boss announces she’s hiring male heartbreakers for the first time, Brinkley’s no longer so sure she’s doing the right thing—especially when her new coworker turns out to be a target she was paid to take down. Though Mark spends his days struggling up the academic ladder, he seems to be the opposite of a backstabbing adjunct: a nerd at heart in criminally sexy sweater vests who’s attentive both in and out of the bedroom. But as Brinkley finds it increasingly more difficult to focus on anything but Mark, she soon realizes that like herself, people aren’t always who they appear to be.

Review:

Okay, I absolutely LOVED this book. It pretty much opened with a spicy AF scene between our love interests (Brinkley and Mark… hot damn), and then evolves into an enemies to lovers story.

Like are you kidding me??? Can a romance book get anymore perfect???

Oh, yeah. Mark is a dang professor.

I enjoyed Brinkley’s hijinks as a professional heartbreaker. Homegirl makes bank to take down icky men? I know exactly what I want to do when I grow up.

Mark was an absolute sweetheart, the spice had me fanning myself (good thing I was reading in the pool, TBH.), and honestly, the sexual tension between Mark and Brinkley when they were enemies was just… wow. I have never wanted two characters to bang more than the two of them.

That might be a lie, I want all my romance characters to bang.

Perfect for readers who can’t get enough spice or enemies to lovers in their romance books.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.
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4 stars · Book Reviews · thriller / mystery / suspense

Review | Her Dark Lies

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Her Dark Lies by J.T. Ellison
Mira Books, 2021
Thriller / Mystery / Suspense
416 pages
4/5 Stars

Trigger Warnings: abuse, violence, murder.

GoodReads Synopsis

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At the wedding of the year, a killer needs no invitation

Jutting from sparkling turquoise waters off the Italian coast, Isle Isola is an idyllic setting for a wedding. In the majestic cliff-top villa owned by the wealthy Compton family, up-and-coming artist Claire Hunter will marry handsome, charming Jack Compton, surrounded by close family, intimate friends…and a host of dark secrets.

From the moment Claire sets foot on the island, something seems amiss. Skeletal remains have just been found. There are other, newer disturbances, too. Menacing texts. A ruined wedding dress. And one troubling shadow hanging over Claire’s otherwise blissful relationship—the strange mystery surrounding Jack’s first wife.

Then a raging storm descends, the power goes out—and the real terror begins…

Review

This book is the reason I have anxiety.

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Okay, no it’s not. But it definitely didn’t help.

This book was really hard for me to read. I’m usually not a Thriller reader, but I decided to go out of my comfort zone and read this one. My verdict?

Heck, man. I don’t know. The ending pissed me off. I like my endings wrapped with some closure as a nice little bow, and this ending pretty much felt like a brick thrown at me instead.

I even pretty much predicted the ending. Sort of. It’s hard to explain without spoiling it. But I still was left feeling angry and disapointed in the ending.

The rest of the book was good. Slow at times. But once the action finally really started, I couldn’t put it down. Which is another reason why the ending really bothered me.

I still want to try to read Thrillers and find one I like. This one was good, but not really for me.

Perfect for readers who love drama and secrets of the filthy rich.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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